Cranfield University

Cranfield, United Kingdom
Cranfield is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation. With our emphasis on the aerospace, agrifood, defence and security, environmental technology, leadership and management, manufacturing and transport systems sectors, we have changed the way society thinks, works and learns.
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Why should I study here at Cranfield University?

Cranfield is one of a kind.

They stand for quality and specialist expertise, and aim to be flexible and contemporary, with a real-world, industry focus. Educating students is an important part of their role, but they also develop products, conduct world-class research and provide consultancy and short courses for business through five schools: Health, Applied Sciences, Engineering, Defence and Security, and Management.

In these uncertain economic times, you need to know you are choosing the right postgraduate university, whether as a research partner or as a student. Choosing Cranfield means choosing a university that is both stimulating and contemporary.

Here are the top 10 reasons why Cranfield should be first on your list:

They are different

Cranfield is wholly postgraduate, specialising in science, technology and management. In this regard, they are unique in the UK.

Industrial partners

Business is driven by industry needs and work with some of the most recognised names in the business Airbus, Boeing, GlaxoSmithKline, Rolls-Royce, Shell and BP to name but a few.

Industry-relevant courses

With a real-world, multi-disciplinary focus, courses are driven by research and are constantly monitored and updated by Industry Advisory Panels to ensure they meet the needs of employers.

And in the 2008 Financial Times rankings, clients rated Cranfields School of Management as the UKs Number One Business School for customised executive development.

Industrial research is their lifeblood

Cranfield's outstanding facilities give students a unique opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge and research to a practical, industrial-scale setting.

Amongst world-class facilities, they have the largest icing wind tunnel in the UK, a crash testing centre and one of the best equipped multi-phase flow rigs in the UK. They are the only university with its own executive airfield.

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)

Cranfield excels in strategic and applied research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (designed to evaluate the quality of research in UK higher education institutions), 85% of research submitted for assessment was internationally recognised in terms of originality, significance and rigour, with 50% being internationally excellent and 15% being world-leading.

Academics are world class

Their world class academics, with proven research records, are in constant touch with industry through research, consultancy and product development.

Top for student:staff ratios

The 2008 Times Higher World University Rankings identifies Cranfield as top in the UK for staff to student ratio (taking 11th place in the world).

Courses to make our students employable

93% of Cranfield students are engaged in relevant work or research within six months of graduation.

Our students are diverse

3,800 students from over 100 countries study either full- or part-time, or in parallel with their career. The school has 14,500 continuing professional development delegates, and 43% of students study part-time.

Strong alumni network supporting students after graduation

Students networking opportunities dont stop at graduation, they continue to support students throughout their working career.

About Cranfield University

Positioned between traditional universities and business and industry, they combine the academic rigour and long-term perspective of a university with the commercial and business focus of industry. Cranfield operates in a global context. Competitive advantage is based, primarily, upon three characteristics:

  • focus upon sectors, private, public and charitable, rather than traditional academic disciplines: hence all Schools embrace staff from a wide range of academic disciplines
  • concern for and delight in the practical outcome of our work
  • willingness to address defence.

They educate students at postgraduate level on both professional development and degree-awarding courses; they come either to enhance an already chosen career, or to move to a new one.

They bring a range of multidisciplinary skills to bear in addressing a number of fields including:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Security and defence

They generate and transform knowledge, translating it to the benefit of society. Their partners, from micro SMEs to the largest blue-chip multinationals, from governments across the world to NGOs and charities, say this is what they value about Cranfield.

Innovation is part of Cranfield’s ‘corporate DNA’, evolved over 60 years of commitment to this agenda.

Work informs policy for governments and produces new technologies and products for the world of commerce. The University draws on this pool of research and consultancy to provide our students with a distinctive ‘real-world’ learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and transfer their new knowledge to the global economy. This has always been the ‘Cranfield way’ but it has never been more important than in today’s world.


Cranfield campus is approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of central London and adjacent to the village of Cranfield, Bedfordshire. The nearest main towns are Milton Keynes and Bedford, the centres of which are both about 8 miles (13 km) away. Cambridge is about 30 miles (48 km) east.

Shrivenham is about 55 miles (89 km) west of London, adjacent to Shrivenham village, 7 miles (11 km) from the centre of the nearest town, Swindon, and around 15 miles (24 km) from Oxford.

Bedford, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Swindon all have fast rail services to central London termini, good access to the main Motorway network and London Heathrow airport.

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